American Ballet Theatre in historic visit to Cuba

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American Ballet Theatre dancers promised pirouettes – not politics – during the troupe's historic visit to Cuba this week, the first by the New York-based company since shortly after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution turned the island into a U.S. nemesis.

America's premier ballet company was in Havana to pay homage to Cuba's most famous ballerina, 89-year-old Alicia Alonso, who danced with the American Ballet Theatre in the 1940s and 50s before returning to her homeland to found Cuba's National Ballet.

The trip is part of a surge in feel-good cultural and artistic exchanges since President Barack Obama took office in 2008, although political headway between the Cold War foes has been harder to come by....

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